Jeannette Cances Welsh, age 98, died Friday, May 4, 2018. She was born February 8, 1920 to Emile B. Cances and Louise Laurent Cances who journeyed from France in 1911, thus enabling Jeannette to be a first generation French/American. She graduated from Notre Dame Regional School, Carbon High School and College of Eastern Utah in Price, Utah. Upon graduating from Henager’s Business College in Salt Lake City she was employed by the Army Department in Salt Lake. At the beginning of World War II, she transferred to the Navy Department in Washington, D.C. Upon returning to Price she worked for various employers but the “job” she appreciated and enjoyed the most was as a Legal Secretary to Attorney Therald N. Jensen, a position held for twenty-five years.
A highlight for Jeannette was supporting her children in their various activities. She was a Room Mother for one or the other during their grade school years. She was a 4-H Leader for her daughter; a Den Mother for her son and Secretary throughout his Farm League, Little League and Pony League baseball years. She continued to support her children throughout her life.
Jeannette was an active member of the Notre Dame de Lourdes Catholic Church where she began volunteer work in 1972, continuing through 2002. At that time she was appointed Sacristan and served until November 2007. During the foregoing years she visited shut-ins, served as Eucharistic Minister, Lector and deemed it a privilege to offer Communion Services. She was the recipient of various awards for her services to her Parish and Notre Dame Regional School, among them the Notre Damean Award for Outstanding Service to Notre Dame Regional School and honored as Catholic Woman of the Year for her Parish for the year 1984 and again in 2001. Jeannette was a member of the District Council of Catholic Women, Past President of Notre Dame Catholic Women, Past President of Xi Kappa Chapter of Beta Sigma Phi and Past State President of the Ladies Auxiliary of Utah Municipal League, now known as the League of City and Towns. In her later years she lived in Orem, Utah and regularly attended the St. Francis Assisi Catholic Church.
One of Jeannette’s greatest joys was being grandmother to six precious grandchildren and twelve great-grandchildren, all whom she dearly loved.
Preceded in death by her parents, sisters Alice Oxarart, Leah Cances (Sister Emile Louise, CSC), Marie Louise Cances and brother Emile J. Cances.
Survivors include her daughter Danielle L. Welsh and son William J (Christine) Welsh, III. Special grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews, grandnieces and grandnephews.
Gratitude is expressed to the Heirloom Inn of Price, Utah and Summerfield Retirement Center in Orem, Utah for the many hours of friendship and service extended. Many thanks also to Mitchell Funeral Home in Price, Utah for their diligence in caring for Jeannette’s final wishes.
Funeral Mass, Wednesday, May 9, 2018, 10:00 a.m., Notre Dame de Lourdes Catholic Church in Price where the family welcomes friends to join them Wednesday at 9:00 a.m. Committal service, Price City Cemetery. Arrangements entrusted to Mitchell Funeral Home of Price where friends are always welcome daily and may share memories of Jeannette online at www.mitchellfuneralhome.net In lieu of flowers the family recommends contributions be made to either the Notre Dame de Lourdes Catholic Church in Price, Utah or to St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church in Orem, Utah.